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The Mountain King (Resurrected Horrors Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I was sent this one for review and when I first got it, I’ll admit it had a red flag on the cover with an endorsement by Stephen King. I’ve been burned too many times in the past with tomes endorsed by the “master” that turned out to be terrible.
In this case, King happened to get it right, at least for my taste as The Mountain King was some pretty decent icky bug. In this case, the icky bugs (my term for monsters) were rattlesnakes. This was a great B-movie creature feature story.
Now, that being said, this story wasn’t without its flaws. It starts out pretty slow and maybe one reason King loved it so much is that a good bit of real estate is taken up with a literary character study, which had little to do with the action. As a result, the first half crawled, except for the intro to each part where we go inside the head of the big icky bug, which was a nice touch. In that respect, it kind of helps build the tension.
As for tension, it takes a while for the real tension to hit, like two-thirds through before things really start to happen. Oh, there was tension, but most of it was sexual, or jealousy or anger or people issues, but not monster issues.
As for the writing itself, it’s obviously based on late seventies standards, though there are plenty of recent examples that aren’t too far off that mark out there as well. The author loves colons, semi-colons and dashes. Though he writes in solid third-person past-tense, he keeps it in basically omniscient point of view and head hops all over the place. It was jarring in many places where he would just shift from one character’s head to the next right in the middle of a scene, from one physical location to the next, as well. There were also a fair, but not excessive amount of typos.
However, the scenes and chapters were relatively short and despite the draggy first half, the story still moved fairly fast. I also liked the ending.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I had a great time. I was able to close the book with a smile on my face. Highly recommended.